Cisco's small cell boss and general manager of the service provider access group has left the company, Light Reading has learned.
"Partho Mishra elected to seek a new opportunity outside of Cisco," a company spokesman confirmed to us. "Mike Iandolo, vice president and general manager, assumed responsibility for the Small Cell Technology Group in addition to his existing responsibilities for the Mobile Internet Technology Group."
Mishra is still listed as vice president and general manager at the service provider access group on his LinkedIn profile. He had held that role since 2010.
Industry sources tell Light Reading that Mishra was out at Cisco around the time of the Mobile World Congress show in February. The company is said to be frustrated at the slow development of its small cell product line after it bought out Ubiquisys in April 2013. (See Cisco: Multimode Small Cells Coming Early 2014.)
Mishra told Light Reading in July last year that Cisco would have multi-mode 3G, 4G, and LTE small cells out early in 2014. Keith Day, new director of service provider marketing mobility at Cisco, told Light Reading recently that the firm will have enterprise multi-mode small cells sometime in 2014. (See Cisco Small Cell Marketing Leader Leaves.)
The Cisco group has seen a couple of departures recently. Jared Headley, former job of senior director of service provider mobility marketing at Cisco, left in December last year.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading